Wednesday night is going to be a quiet one in the NHL. There are just four games on the radar in what will be the slowest night of the week. The good news is we’ve got you covered with previews of every game. David Schwab has you covered with the Colorado-Vancouver preview, we’ve got an individual preview of the Edmonton-Phoenix game and below we’ll take a look at the NHL odds for the other two games on the schedule.
Record: 20-26 (-492)
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild
The Chicago Blackhawks are a small road favorite in Minnesota on Wednesday and it’s hard not to like them. Let’s face it: not many teams – if any – have looked better than the Blackhawks to this point in the season. They lead the West with 12 points after winning all six of their games, they have scored 22 goals so far and allowed just 13. They are going to be hard to beat at any point in the season unless that changes.
Minnesota has been up and down to this point. They started with two wins, lost three straight and then fought hard to beat Columbus on Tuesday night. Now they’re in a back-to-back situation facing a Blackhawks team that’s been off since Sunday.
Normally, I would be hesitant to bet the Blackhawks on the road but they are a perfect 4-0-0 on the road so far this year. On top of that, they are the more rested team and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg on the juice to take them. For those reasons, be adding Chicago to my NHL picks, expecting the Blackhawks to pick up the win on the road.
NHL Pick: Blackhawks -115
Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators
The Ottawa Senators are 4-1-1 and the Montreal Canadiens are 4-1-0, but after Tuesday’s performances, you would get the perception that both of these teams are worse than their records indicate. The Sens got the monkey off their back (ended a two-game losing streak) but coming from behind to beat the hapless Washington Capitals. The Habs also had to fight from behind to upend the Winnipeg Jets, who are traditionally not a very good road team.
The defense for both teams has been fairly suspect of late as the Sens have given up 10 goals over their last three games while the Habs have allowed six over their last two. There’s a good chance both starting goalies get a break since it’s a back-to-back situation. Carey Price has started every game for the Habs while Craig Anderson has started each game save for the team’s only back-to-back situation last week.
We will probably see Ben Bishop in net for the Sens on Wednesday, and he coughed up six goals on 31 shots in his only start on the season. The shortened season is already starting to take its toll on teams, and past trends can be discarded. The series trends towards Unders and both teams have played plenty of Unders this year, but this has the feeling of an Over with the possibility of backups and the back-to-back situation.
NHL Pick: Over 5.5